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[At Owner's Risk: My Journey Among the Algonquian]
1972 / 2007
High resolution scan of original 35 mm negative, archival pigmented ink digital print on photo rag
16 x 20 in
Provided by the artist - Susan Ressler
With an axe or knife in hand, my friend George could fashion all manner of implements: the tikinaagan (traditional cradle board), a pair of snowshoes, or the birch stakes and poles to turn a tarp into a tent in short order.
During the week I camped with George and his family, I witnessed them working together on a myriad of tasks: from the essentials of food and shelter, to skilled carpentry and crafting baskets.
Though hunting bear was men's work, each night George would return empty-handed. So we set snares and ate rabbit to stay safe and warm.